Thursday, November 11, 2010

13 is our number

HI again...over a month since I have been here...it is decided that I am not a good blogger. I don't particularly love writing so that is not surprising to me, however we have gotten lots of questions about our status lately, so here I am. We have been DTE (waiting) for over two months now:) We went from number 30 down all the way to 13! We are moving! I have to admit when I saw the number 13 next to our name my stomach did a little flip-flop, and then the worries kicked it...'wow! This is moving so fast' 'Am I ready to travel to a third world country' 'Will the travel go OK' 'Will Mae be OK' 'How will we be able to meet our son and leave him after only a few days?' So many unknowns...but somehow, I really do have peace. This is something I am so thankful for. In the past have felt many times how anxiety can take over. Day by day God is taking my worries, and not necessarily showing me how it will all be OK, but letting my heart rest in Him. This is one of the most emotional, unknown journeys I have ever been on, but yet I am peaceful about it. I know it is right.

I have been praying for God to share with me some encouragement that we are on the correct path. During the same week as my prayer we received two checks out of the blue to put towards our adoption costs. AND we were able to meet and connect with two other couples within in hour of us who are in the exact same agency and program as we are. God continues to show me peace and encouragement...and I know I can ask Him to share it with me. He is there with our son, and we He is here with us.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And now we wait...

Just thought I would do a little update. The reason I haven't posted in awhile is because there is not much to post. The one bit of news I do have is that on the unofficial waiting list (families from our agency in the Ethiopia program have created this...so it not directly from our agency) we are number 24 in line to get a boy 0-12 months. So that is exciting! Our agency for good reason does not share with us their list. So of course as families who are patiently, or not so patiently waiting we want to know where everyone is in line! So that is why it is unofficial. What our agency does tell us is to expect to wait 4 to 6 months for a referral...which is when they refer a child to you, and you get their picture and any information they have about that child. You then have a certain amount of time to say yes...or if there is any concern you can say no. So since we have sent our dossier, it has been almost three weeks:) WHICH is almost a month! So we will continue to wait.

We have been talking to Mae a lot about her baby brother. We have watched slide shows of other families' adoptions. Every time we start to watch a slide show or a video of an adoption, Mae yells "Baby Brother!". So it is kind of sinking in for her, as much as it can for a two year old. I expect she cannot fully grasp this idea of adopting a brother into our family until he is here and we can hold him in our arms!

We are so blessed to be a part of this process and will continue to wait in God's timing for our son.

Friday, September 3, 2010

DTE!!!

We are DTE today!!! (dossier to Ethiopia) We recieved an email with a tracking number so we can watch our papers go to Ethiopia. We are very excited! Let the wait begin. We are finally in line! WoooHooo!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

DOSSIER in the MAIL!!




We just sent our huge stack of dossier papers yesterday to our agency in Virginia! It will go through the capitol and get some signatures there and then it will be off to Ethiopia to be translated and processed. Meaning we will be on the list!!! The wait begins. Just so happy to be done with all that paperwork. It started Feb. 22nd, and was sent on Aug 25th! Almost exactly six months. The wait right now is 4-6 months for a referral (match with a baby) then after we get our referral we travel 2-4 weeks after accepting and attend court in Ethiopia after meeting our son. We come home without our little guy and travel again between 6 and 12 weeks after we get home. during our second trip we pick him up and bring him home!


Friday, August 6, 2010

To the Capitol and back...


Yesterday my friend Jessica and I drove up to our state's capitol to get two papers certified for our dossier. Basically they are certifying the notary that notarized those two papers is a real noary. We had a van full of kids and my dossier in hand. It was a fun time, and also very exciting, since this is one of the last items to be done. As I checked the mail when we got home, my birth certificate and picture were returned with a letter saying our passports are soon to follow! When we receive those we will be only waiting for one more paper:) I was thinking so much of our little boy last night, thinking about the day we will get a picture of him. I had a hard time going to sleep. I keep thinking of his birth mom, wondering what she is going through, and if we will get to meet her. We are so excited to meet our little boy...I feel so blessed to be going through this process! Can't wait till we see his face!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lots of Progress!!



So much has happened in the last two weeks. We got our last paper for our dossier notarized, went in to apply for/pay for our passports, got fingerprinted for USCIS (immigration), AND had a very successful garage sale last Friday and Saturday to raise support for our adoption. It has been a very blessed two weeks in our lives. BUSY but Blessed. There were so many who have donated time, money, and their 'things' to our cause! We feel so supported and overwhelmed with the generosity of others. I never imagined our adoption process would be so encouraging, and change MY life so much. I went into this adoption journey thinking we would be changed, but I didn't imagine it would be in the ways God has touched/changed us. We are becoming different people daily, THANK GOD for that! We are now waiting for USCIS to give us the final paperwork to bring our future son into the US. We will include that with the dossier papers. From what I have heard from other people, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to get that paperwork. SOOO hopefully by the end of August?? We will see:) I am sharing some pictures of our garage sale, and getting our immigration fingerprints!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Little Encouragement

Yesterday Tom and I went to Walmart. We were looking at chips and a woman with her two girls came down the isle. She had two kids with her, both girls. Tom was on the phone and for some reason I felt a little connection to her. We struck up a conversation about Mae..who was taking bags of chips and handing them to her three year old daughter in her cart:) Anyway, I mentioned we are adopting, and she said she also adopted the older daughter with her. She went through domestic adoption, and shared about the difficulties she has had with that, and also the blessing of a daughter. It was great to chat about adoption. She gave me her number...her brother is a Barber, and I thought it might be a good connection when we need to take our little guy to get his hair cut:) I was feeling like things are going sooooo slowly right now. On the verge of being done with our dossier, but just not quite there. So it was a wonderful little encouragement for me. Adoption is everywhere and touches so many. Thank you Lord for reminding me of that! We are gearing up for our garage sale next Friday and Saturday. Keep us in your prayers! We will put all of the proceeds towards our adoption. I am also excited about sharing our adoption with our neighborhood. There is so much to be thankful for!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Camping Fun....











Also wanted to share a few pics from our fun camping trip. We got to spend time with both sides of the family! Lot of fun to be out in nature!!

Finger Print Date...Finally!

Last weekend we finally recieved our finger print date for our I600a form!! Yay! I sent the paperwork in month ago, but did not send all of the fees...oops! So that means it has taken two extra weeks to get a date...so I was so happy to see that envelope from the Dept of Homeland Sec. in our mail box! For those that don't know what this means, in order for us to adpot a little boy from another country we have to apply with our government to get a visa for him before we go to get him. Even before we know who he is:) So we need to get our fngerprints done at the fedral level. We already did them for the state, but just to make sure we are ok to adopt we need to go through this process. Anyway this is the last part of the dossier we need to get, and then we can send it off. That will be an awesome day!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

GREAT ATRICLE!!

Awhile back Tom and I completed some on-line training for adoptive parents. Our home study and our dossier require us to take this training. It was pretty helpful, and very complete:) But the one thing I constantly remember from the training is an article that was part of the required reading. It was an overview of the dos and don'ts with your adopted child. I think it was so helpful for me, and I also forwarded it to our close family who will be around us a lot when we bring him home. I thought I would share it here. Just click below for the website:

http://www.adoptvietnam.org/parenting/cross-cultural.htm

It is a website that promotes adoption from Vietnam, but s very applicable to any family who is touched by adoption! Enjoy:)

Garage Sale!!

Hi all!
Just wanted to also add to our blog that we are having a garage sale to benefit our adoption journey. It will be July 23-24. We will take any items off your hands if you need to clean out closets, or the garage. Just let me know if you need details!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Birthday Party



Mae turned two this last week! Here are a few pictures that captured this milestone! We are so blessed with our now two year old! We had a wonderful time with family and a few close friends!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Step by Step

First blog post! I never thought I would start a blog, but here I am sitting on the couch sipping my diet coke BLOGGING! I am not the writer of the family, in fact that would be my husband, but I am inspired to share our journey with others. We are currently adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia. We are in the end stages of the paper work..."Paper Pregnancy" and will hopefully be sending our 'Dossier' to Ethiopia in the next few months. We just finished our I600 form, and are waiting. Seems to be a common word in the adoption process...waiting! But that is ok! We are willing to do what it takes to get our little guy home! I will keep Mae (our almost two year old daughter) and myself busy while all the steps are slowly taken. This is the first of many posts I am sure. It feels strange to be "out there" in cyberspace. I hope this blog can bring encouragement to some, and clarity to others who might not quite understand why we want to adopt. We can't wait to share more news with you in the months to come, but for now we wait!